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president obama said he slightly there with the detroit lions, but our indicators are unconventional indicators show that if the lions win the election, mitt romney. the san francisco giants wind, obama is favored. we also look at the redskins record, and they will be playing the carolina panthers in the final game, and the redskins are slightly favored. and if they win, the incumbent is likely to win. just so you have that. now, onto our election panel. in today's abc -- excuse me come in tuesday's abc news "washington post" poll, romney and obama were separated by seven hundredths of 1%. i don't think i've ever seen anything that close. we're going to turn to michael first to talk about what he sees the election at this point and then hendry will take a look at ohio, the state we're all watching most closely. and, finally, norval look at the senate, compared with and house races. michael, let's begin. >> thank you very much, karlyn, and this is been an exciting election season here. i think we all pretty much agreed we have something of a sea change or significant change in this el
religion shows a gender gap among voters that is similar to recent presidential election. obama is pulling more support among women voters. the gap appears to be driven less by issues such as reproductive rights, abortion of course we see low salient issue for most voters including when by instrument more bite social safety net concern. at what's interesting is in recent weeks as the romney campaign has been able to close the gap despite this data showing that women are less likely to believe that programs create a culture of dependency and despite the data showing that women can more about health care as an issue. women like men are most likely to say that the economy matters in their decision, so it appears that the romney campaign and this is on how the economy is affecting women, namely that there more women in poverty under the obama administration, and the recession has hit women hard in terms of job loss. this message may be making traction among women voters. when it comes to catholics, there are several points to emphasize. while catholics overall are more supportive of obama in t
their books. and demagoguery from -- "mugged: racial demagoguery from the seventies to obama" is in sight land timely. i have to say after reading that i felt so unburdened and liberated, i will go ahead and get rid of all of the secret racial words i have been bottling up and here it goes. chicago, constitution, experience, closing the fort, privilege, kitchen cabinets, peanut butter, community organizer, black hole, apartment, share. all racially coded words and now that i am on a roll and this is a friendly crowd of go-ahead and make the most recent statement deemed by the current view out there. here it goes. the most racist comment is i am not voting for president obama. got to get that off my chest. i feel a lot better. don't say that to the person next to you if you feel that way. all joking aside we live in an upside-down world where saying harmless words like that can bear huge tax on the other side and yet the other side can say very toxic comments without repercussions or being held to the same standard. one example is mark lamont hill. you may have seen a recent article, the most o
and change. the obama administration was going to be that transcendent administration that brought us all together. that is why barack obama earned the white house because he said it was granted a great uniter. remember that beautiful inaugural address and was glorious where he said to conservatives i want to listen to you especially when we disagree. nice, beautiful idea. and he was going to meet with conservatives in congress once a week. the was agreed idea, too. he met twice. so, three days after that beautiful speech, the conservatives in congress came to the white house and they had a meeting and eric cantor, a congressman from virginia articulated the perspective on increasing taxes that we shouldn't do that and you know what obama said three days after? he said i won, you lost. about a week later he said i won the folks that got us into this mess to do a whole lot less talking and a lot more listening. you can talk a little bit but i want you to stay on the sidelines while we try to clean this up for you. unbelievable. gone with any notion of unifying the country of bringing us to
, "mugged" racial demagoguery from the seventies to obama is incredibly insightful and i encourage everyone the the to read it. personally have to say after reading it i felt so liberated and i'm just going to go ahead and get rid of all of the secret coded racial words and here it goes. chicago, constitution, experience, holding down the fort, professor, and kitchen cabinet in my personal favorite is the mother, peanut butter. also community organizers, black holes, apartments and shares all racially coded words. now that i'm on a roll and i know this is a friendly crowd i'm going to go ahead and say the most recent statement that is deemed to be so by the current view out there. here it goes and if you're sensitive please forgive me because racist comments, i'm not voting for president obama. [applause] i had to get it off my chest. i feel a lot better. all joking aside, we live in an upside down world where saying harmless words like that can bear huge attacks from the other side and yet, the other side can say very toxic comments without any repercussions under the same standard. one ex
left says something, one president. obama says vaccines might cause autism that was ignored. and yes he did say that if we will talk about that later in my top. also there have always been several books published on the topic. there are a couple of other books so if you want to find out how the right is bad at science and there's a big market for that. to our knowledge this is the first book on the anti-scientific left for the so progressives are anti-science as well but let's give the devil -- >> within a month of yours. >> progressives are anti-scientists well. it's just that it's not reported by the media. the media simply looks the other way when their political allies do things that are anti-science. so who are the progressives? what do we mean by progressive? retook david nolan's charter and we kind of relabeled re-relabeled it to take more of our political ideology today. conservatives and libertarians are the easiest to identify. the conservatives are the main train in stream republican party and the libertarians need no introduction, the ron paul institution. the left's howe
. if given a second term to how does president obama see the opportunities in the transition? what measures with the president propose to take the new heads of state relationship? >> well, president obama reached out to hu jintao right after president obama was elected. and right after he took office. he's met with hu jintao more than any previous president had met with a counterpart. they have met something upwards of a dozen times. many phone calls. i'm sure that this pattern will continue with the next chinese leadership. the chinese haven't done us a favor yet of telling us who will be in the new leadership. that will be announced on november 8. i think we're all confident we know that the general secretary of the congress party will be xi jinping. will have a pretty good idea of at least four members of the politburo standing committee, and perhaps other members. i think, the important thing here is that china needs to resume the path of aggressive reform in the economic and political area. i think xi jinping is a very, very smart man who understands what china needs to do. a real link
in error. >> i know we could go on and on with that in terms of what president obama and mitt romney have said about it as well. let me switch to something that we aren't seeing talked about everywhere in congressional races and that is gun violence. our own experience in july with the aurora theater shootings, and then several subsequent mass shootings in wisconsin and minnesota and elsewhere. there really is a cry out there on the part of some people saying, congress should do more than offer condolences. it should be making some actual changes in how and what people can access in this country. what is it that you would get behind in that way? >> well, july 20th was a very sad day for our country and certainly for our city, and the metropolitan area. aurora will never be the same after that mass killing, and i've had a chance to meet with the families of some of the -- some of those who were killed. i've met with others who have been wounded. i met with the medical teams and law enforcement. for me this is very personal issue, and so on one side of the district you have columbine, where
is $14 billion a year which put a spin under the george bush administration and the obama administration. where are you going to put this investment and get the money to build those additional ships? where are you going to get the sailors? talk about increasing the marines and the army, downsizing, the navy has been downsizing for a while. where are you going to get the sailors? >> my understanding is when john lehmann laid out a very specific plan there were two elements the governor has already spoken about. another element being considered. what was spoken about, first of all fifteen ships the year and second of all the three submarine's a year. so the rest of it is what we would consider. these are objective is. number 2 is how do you move the money around? when you move the money and where you take the additional money that is -- we predict we would allocate to the defense department, it is not at all surprising given the -- i don't care how good a ship -- you know very well, i don't care how good a ship is, you could only have one ship in one place at one time. if you want to have
in health care, right? president obama is elected he obama cared becomes the law of the land for sure. it becomes institutionalized. it becomes nothing is impossible, but it becomes close to impossible to reverse four years from now. it will be operating then. people will have moved over. there will have been tremendous changes. a mandate would've been enforced already to 20,000 irs agents will get hired, which is absolutely ludicrous. just we need, 20,000 more irs agents. and there's almost no way to stop that because even if you have a republican house, which i think is almost for sure. nothing in life is for sure, but that's almost for sure. even if you were to have a republican senate, which is unlikely if obama gets elected, but possible. well, he could veto any attempt they would make to overturn obama cared. american people and reelecting president obama are basically reinforcing obama cared and accepting it as their future. if a president romney is elected, even without a republican senate, basically the present those in the house about the same in the senate was then one or t
% and barack obama guns and religion. >> this morning i just ran 47%. how many media outlets? dozen last one day wore one week or one month? guns was relatively short. three weeks. mitt romney 47% we have not seen the end of it. it is about one month. the stories drop-off but they are drug backend by opponents or events. i am sure coming out of the presidential debate they will wonder if he will respond to that. at issue which gaf we need to pay attention to. represent a character flaw or the incapacity to act? or just normal things? >> if they are hanging out in the public with the internet, youtube distributed more broadly and quickly is the hour cable -- archival capability we can see what barack obama said 1998. were mitt romney by the way not one bit of coverage of 47% in may. there was a fund-raising event but nobody pulled the story in may. not until the video popped up that came back into the process. >> host: what politicians have made mistakes in the past better fatal? >> working backwards, rick perry wants to be the republican nominee he says i will cut them this way but cannot re
biology. however, when someone on the far left does something, when president barack obama says that vaccines might cause autism, that was ignored. and, yes, he did say that. we'll talk about that later in the talk. so, also, there have already been several books published on the topic. chris mooney's one of them, there's a couple other books. so if you want to find out how the right is bad at science, there's already a lot of that. to our knowledge, this is the first book on the anti-scientific left. >> let's give the dell -- devil his due, bob -- [inaudible] wrote a book within months of yours, at the same time. >> oh, okay. and progressives are anti-science as well, it's just it's not reported the media. the media looks the other way when their political allies do things that are anti-science. what do we mean by progressives? well, we took david no lab's chart here -- nolan's chart and relabeled it to fit our political ideology today. conservatives and libertarians are the easiest to identify, libertarians need no introduction, i think. the ron paul revolution, bring us back
new gingrich call barack obama the food stamp president and those of us that heard a dog whistle or racial coding weaver absolutely right but new gingrich was also right when he said i'm not talking about black people, will get all the white people, the percentage of white people is also skyrocketing again. we have independent country. paul ryan was talking about the makers versus the takers, and that was again, saying some people have productive lives and some people live off the rest of us and in a very ayn randian way, very juvenile and untrue. then you have the culmination i think just a week ago in mitt romney talking about the 47%. i don't read anything. i carried the speech it's like a security blanket but i have to read this so i'm sure i get it right. the worst sentence and mitt romney's oration in boca raton with his rich friends was i will never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. that's what he said about 47% americans. he holds half the country in contempt. and so the chickens have kind of come home to work for the wo
with campaign coverage. let's are at the media. mitt romney 47% and barack obama, cling to guns and religion. what was the media coverage like on those two events? >> guest: this morning i just ran the 47% and asked two questions. one is, how much depth as they get? how many media outlets cover the story and was the shelflife? still asked a day, week or month? the guns was relatively sure. maybe a three week. romney 47% we still haven't seen it and obviously, but it's been about a month now. now the stories drop off, but they get dragged back in either by opponents or dragged in by events. i'm sure that as they come to the presidential debate, someone will say i wonder if he's going to respond to that. i wonder if obama will a him a question about that. because the issue is in my mind which of these gaffes are ones we had to pay attention to. do they represent a true character flaw? to be represented in capacity to act the way would like to have them not clark's religious normal things and we'll make mistakes. so a candidate hanging out in the public and now with the internet and youtube and
in the hall was very interesting watching those obama zingers come one after the other. it's going to be interesting to see how those play a very aggressive performance by the president. the question whether it will seem a little too aggressive, the republicans are already charging he didn't seem presidential than some of those moments. on the flip side, as you were saying, there was some concerns that we are seeing on the right already about what romney is aggressive enough. did he try to hard to look presidential and show some bipartisan spirit and agree with the president but not in that making his own foreign policy perhaps he should have. >> i love the calculation of calibration. how to out the debate in the head to think about how aggressive july look, how aggressive do myself? it was so clear that mitt romney who could be oisin in the program was never going to flinch, never going to show a flash of anger and it's clear barack obama in every debate does not like mitt romney. by the end of you saw there was a shot on some of the different shows where you could see both of the
. >> talking about immigration is what we're talking about but mrs. vilsack, president obama has been more aggressive deportation of illegal immigrants than what president bush had been. if you join congress would you be supportive of that trend continuing? >> the most important thing to make sure we secure our borders. we need to make them secure. we need to do whatever we need to do to make them them secure people who are not crossing the border illegally or guns and drugs are not crossing illegally. so we need to protect the border. i also think that we need to make sure that jobs go to lawful americans but we need immigration rerecall to. we need to make sure that there is a pathway to citizenship for 11, to 13 million people who are here, this is who are in the shadows. i'm not talking about amnesty but i'm talking about paying fine, going to the end of the line, deporting felons and we need to make sure that we also, that the young people who are here who came here through no fault of their own get a chance at the american dream because many of them have, offered their lives for thei
think that the obama: -- that just flood of advertising that the obama: campaign did, directed at governor romney and the whole bain capital theme he laid people off, money was sent overseas and the entire attack on his business background, there's no question that did damage to governor romney for a period of time, and i think in a way it connects to the debate because people were saying, the debates -- they may not even matter that much this year. people are already makes up their minds, looking at the poles, and 0-lo and be hold, who would have preticketed what happened to first debate happened. i would argue the debate matter. >> i think the first debate mattered most. i think if romney had had a bad debate, instead of the other way around, we would not be seeing the race we're seeing today. i think for the reasons gwen, you're right. they do matter in the broad sense. but we also saw movements in these swing states. i always think that there must be diminishing returns at some writtenpoint where you think -- sometimes the same ad is -- i saw the same ad back-to-back three
point margin and begin in 2008 they backed john mccain over barack obama by almost 70 points. now clearly this is not a swing group. it's noted at all closely divided and it absolutely does not swing back and forth between the two parties from election to election. now at the other end of the political spectrum, we have white catholic liberals. also not a swing vote. in 2000 white catholic liberals voted for gore than bush by more than five to one. we saw the same kind of margin in 2004. and in 2008 they voted for obama over john mccain by seven to one. it's not a swing group. it's not closely divided and not prone to swing from one party to another. hispanic catholics tend to resemble white catholic liberal in the voting pattern. they're not quite as one sided. we see a similar pattern. in 2000 about two-thirds of hispanic catholics vote for gore over bush and kerry over bush in 2004. in 2008, three quarters of the latino catholics voted for obama compared. one quarter who supported john mccain and we see the same kind of pattern among other nonhishispanic minority seven in ten h
president barack obama tries the persuade -- to persuade voters to this remine rival is painting a veneer over conservative policy positions. that's "the wall street journal". and then this morning "the washington post" says this: candidates adopt new roles for the final stretch. on a day of high energy rallies, president obama's campaign also announced grand last minute gesture to rebut criticism that obama has no agenda for a second term. his campaign's plans to mail to 3.5 million copies of what it calls the blueprint for america's future. >> host: that's from "the washington post" this morning. and then also in "the new york times" in the morning on the election 2012 section, this is what they have to say. mr. obama's schedule and the tenor of his campaign appearances made clear that his primary mission now was to energize his own supporters and get them to vote, preferably right away. in florida where he appeared in the morning and later in ohio, the constant refrain at his rallieses was vote, vote, vote. early voting begins in florida on saturday and is already underway in ohio. the
. first, president obama and john bain, speak of asking to do. films had a grand bargain. but the tea party people like my opponent wouldn't let boehner megadeal. now everything is on the table during these negotiations but the tea party wouldn't let it happen. we are left with the sequestration. we have looming cuts at the end of you that our economy cannot sustain right now. and it's because of tea party, because of the extremism try to the sequestration was president obama's idea, okay? it had nothing to do with the house of representatives. turn one who voted for. west: i did. i'm taking action. not just rhetoric. spent we are taught not looming cuts that will affect both defense and social programs if they're not ever before the end of you. i think it's a good point to start popping up medicare and health care. your question goes to mr. murphy for one minute. >> mr. murphy, we've seen a lot of different numbers on what the paul ryan plan would do in effect to increase costs potentially to seniors, anywhere from 6003 and $50 under the old plan, different number, to about $200 a mo
of uncertainty. president obama said at the sequester that it will not happen. but at the same time can be certain to veto legislation that's not to his liking, relative to the broader fiscal picture. what you think is going to happen in the next few weeks? >> will first come the thank you for inviting me into the government executive meeting group in the hospitality and pwc for hosting. it is a fun event, particularly to have the opportunity to come back and speak with so many important public servant to the success of whatever happens next. as we all know, it is one thing to take a vote in congress would like to think were in charge of everything. i remember that very distinctly. but we know there's good people that have to come and implement the decision, whether it's by the president or by the congress and hopefully jointly. and that's all of you, sit thank you for your service. there were a couple of people who had i. guess the audacity to come up and tell me they are either current or former omb years. i'm sorry for that. i won't identify you to the rest of the folks in the room b
, national politics, immigration, the presidential campaign of 2004, and 2008, and first lady michele obama and her role in the obama white house. i met rachel at an event this year where i bought a book, the book she wrote, "american tapestry: the story of the black, white, and multiracial ancestors of michelle obama". after hearing her talk, i'd bought six more copies. i bought them for all my family members and to give out as christmas gifts. now after having read her book i can tell you it was a good investment. it helps me better understand my own family and many mysteries surrounding my own family. rachel l. swams's book is a compelling story that stirs deep emotions. it is also a story that would break them here and with that, let's welcome rachel l. swams. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. >> thank you for coming. in the years leading up to the presidential election, the focus seems to be on barack obama's roots and his family and the fact that he wrote his own biography. now in your book "american tapestry," you put the focus on michele obama. tell us about how you got started do
people, dogs have good days and bad days. ask president obama from the first debate. dogs aren't always on. people aren't always on. docs can be sick. dogs can smell odors of other dogs in heat. darks consult other shown to deprive the snapshot. to be sure to because he just picked it up and ate it. all of these things mean that yes, dogs are great for searching explosives, for keeping us safe, but dog alerts should never, ever be the basis to do away with our precious constitutional right, specifically the fourth amendment. as fraud from the beginning and then i just is unfortunately haven't gotten any most cases. the cars irq, two justices, john paul stevens in the great thurgood marshall made realistic comments about what happens on the street and the facts are unimportant here, but the fact of the matter is the other justices didn't get it. it was too much legal theory. we all live in a real practical world, so those are the things i wanted to tell you in the brief time that i had. i want to tell you too much hangs and then i'm going to introduce our great dog handler and you'll see
to president obama which is like mom. the fed is an issue you have to spend the money overseas to secure oil if we turn on the tap that is not necessary then you can downsize. if that is really the line we are the solution. >> we're working on a plan for cars to run on maple syrup. we do continue to build oil pipelines but will run maple syrup threat. if there is this bill that animals will be tasty. [laughter] >> as president is can the plan on importing their health care system to america of? >> we would make a few changes. it is not fair after some much struggle to come down to start a whole new health care plan. immediately we will institute dental care for hockey players. after that with your the veterans administration and we will declare all veterans class warfare eligible for care. [laughter] >> data and a why you have trouble with this. >> are you offering us of the year? or raising your hand? >> didn't you lose all of your strategic maple syrup? >> we do have the maple stands which is a great idea to look at dirt. i can run a car on back. small bits of sap have drained into the soi
can do. >> a question from right here in the room in the audience. president obama and governor rahm yo both said they want america to have a positive relationship with china but they must play by the rules. how well they pushed china if they think china is not playing by the rules, house specifically, dr. bader? >> how specifically will they -- >> push china if they are not playing by the rules? >> my last act in government, my last time around was second place in negotiations with a succession of the world trade organization. the world trade organization lays out in detail global rules. it was a 17 year negotiation for china, and it made extensive commitments. china used to live up to those commitments, and the u.s. and other countries particularly i would say in europe and japan need to call china on violations and work together. it's sometimes difficult. countries are fearful of retaliation and more specifically companies are fearful of retaliation but the old bin from gwyneth foundage of him together and hang separately i think is relevant here. if other countries feel that we a
security campaign advisers to president obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney. speaking for the president is michele flournoy who served as his defense undersecretary for policy. and romney adviser dov zakheim who was defense undersecretary and chief financial officer under president george w. bush. they recently spoke at a conference of the military reporters and editors' association. this is about an hour. >> okay. good evening, everyone, and welcome to the military reporters and editors' annual conference. my name's ellen, i'm with the madill school of journalism which is cosponsoring tonight's event. we're delighted to have the opportunity to partner with mre because our goals are very similar. the medill national security journalism initiative aims to educate young journalists and professional working veteran journalists to better improve coverage of national security issues. much the same goals as the military reporters and editors' conference. and, um, we've got a great program tonight, so i think we should get to it. i will turn the stage over to brian bender who
with obama presidency. with respect to trying to solve the budget crisis, he is going to do so much more damage with obamacare being implemented. taxes going up because of the bush tax cuts being expired and more regulatory aggressiveness on his part. this economy is just going to crumble. >> ec regulatory issues that lay? >> well, we don't have enough time. [laughter] into the american public, the federal government uses too many regulations. absolutely. if you go in and talk to the public about the compelling parts of spending, should we spend less money on education -- no, that is her kids future. people with spending cuts or for her, but almost every individual spending cut. regulations spell out a number of regulations that they would change. during debates and other people have asked him to give them an idea of some regulations and they don't get specific. why? because most regulations are targeted. i will agree with rick that often regulations may exceed the power and often regulations are targeted, but they don't do more good than harm. having said that, you don't want to be agai
and increasing demand following with president obama has been doing to the point now the currency is devalued 40% and starting to have an effect on that position to be able to use diplomacy and to use sanctions can get some results before time runs out. let's be clear a nuclear-armed iran is a threat to the united states and israel, it is a threat to the world and we are not going to let them have a nuclear arms so we need to present these challenges and as allies we need to consult ahead of time and make sure we work together on this and if anybody has a disagreement we should resolve it behind closed doors and think about it in a unified front. we need to do this and keep moving forward. my actions speak louder than words and i think it is very clear. [applause] >> moderator: mr. fishman? fishman: i was raised jewish, not as orthodox as my parents or near as orthodox as my grandparents were but i understand what israel is and what it means. it is not just an ally to the united states. it is a place homeland and we are responsible for our own security. in this place we will not defend others be
are is a country. i think when president president obama got elected, big chunk of the country sort of did a timeout, where are we going? our government is getting too big and it's doing things government didn't use to do and then the election in 2010 i think they sent folks like us to congress to join in that debate and one other point, to help educate the american people. maybe this is something ms. duckworth and i can agree on. as a country we need to wake up because we really are not working in the economy is not growing. it's always easy to tear into the politicians but i think as a country we need to wake up and get educated. the last point, we have raised the debt ceiling a number of times. >> moderator: we will get to the specifics but before we get to that you said you weren't going to compromise and i'd like to follow. if you were reelected to a second term you would be willing to compromise. on what? walsh: depending on how the election shakes out again that next step in this country is coming together to figure out its problems and to help solve these problems. i have made clea
say this is what i did for you, with this act. obama talks about -- [inaudible] the assumption ever and understands it and i think that's a false assumption. i just wonder what you thought of that. >> i can't say that i followed all of the ways the lilly ledbetter act has been used, but i was involved in a debate just a couple weeks ago that wasn't in the context of the election particularly, but about whether or not the ledbetter act was important at all and whether the paycheck fairness act, which we take things a step further, was a good idea or not a good idea. and there are those who are claiming that it was, as i said, just to tweak and not important. and they just don't ever get into the details of whether ultimately what it really means is you have an actual right that can ever be enforced, or is it just something written on a piece of paper that's meaningless. that's really what the ledbetter act boldly and meant, -- ultimately meant. to our current laws on equal pay have real force and meaning. and so i do agree that there is not enough understanding of how central and imp
president clinton and president obama and how it sits? >> i think none of us know fully with that relationship is in the bill clinton made a very conscious decision that it was to his self-interest and he makes the case for obama's reelection that they couldn't make himself of all of these complicated questions. and number of things that he put on the table of the democratic convention and talks us through or incredible. they're very different people. they are probably the two smartest people in the united states, but i think that bill clinton couldn't make up his mind. he would make a decision and then reverse it. he was up until 3:00 in the morning debating these things. barack obama doesn't work that way. she gets all of these opinions, he hands them out and he has a sense of what his timeframe is to make a decision and then he makes the decision. so, they're very different in their style. that is why the white house was frequently chaotic. >> as sort of a follow-up to your question but to the response if she is a bridge builder again sometimes they do better i won't
won't work with president obama. we do need to work together across the aisles. democrats, republicans, and independents. mono >> moderator: federal deficit reduction is threatening state economies and budgets. states depend on federal grants for 32% of their revenue. knowing that the cuts flow downhill, knowing that the city of syracuse and many other municipalities may soon face financial insolvency, what would it take for you to consider either voting to help the debt ceiling in the city. buekle: i think it is because of the federal government, federal mandates that the government places on him, whether it is from education or medicaid. that is a shared responsibility. a lot of the problems in our city faces are because of the burden for the federal government places on them. i wanted to go back. i want to go back to this budget issue. and the willingness to compromise. simpson-bowles is a compromise. it is a discussion of how we will get this country back on a fiscally sound clip that is bipartisan. i was one of 38 who voted for simpson-bowles. to say this is a better way. let's do
% and barack obama cling to guns and religion. what was the media coverage like on that? >> this morning i ran the 47% and i asked questions. one is how much depth they get and how many media outlets covered the story and then what was the shelflife? does at last a day, week or month? the guns was relatively short. we talked about it a lot and rummy of course the 47% we still haven't heard the end of that obviously that in about a month, the stories drop off but they get dragged back and either by opponents or they get dragged in by a fence. i'm sure that as we come out of the presidential debate someone will say well i wonder if you are going to respond to that and i wonder if obama is going to ask a question about that. the issue is in my mind which of these gaffes are ones that we have to pay attention to. do they represent a true character flaw? do they represent an incapacity to ask in a way we would like to have them ask or are they just normal things? we all make mistakes. the candidates have been hanging out there in the public and now with the internet and youtube and things like that
these people at the book festival among others. david maraniss is here with a book about obama. i was curious because all these books are so different in terms of authors's approaches to subject matter, with the subject is dead or alive, what kind of access the biographer has to be subject to. i am curious, do you have a philosophy having written many biographies of what exactly a biography should be and what it should do? >> thanks for the question and for all of you coming out. sunday morning is sometimes a chore. i am gratified so many of you are here. the question of biography and what i see it to be. i am trained as a historian so i tend to look at biographies which, regardless of how they are written to some extent all comprise the life and times of your subject. i tend to include more times than some other biographers do. in my experience and observation, biographers come to their subjects from one of two directions. they are either historians like me or journalists. sometimes novelist's find their way in, but the folks who come from the direction of history, to borrow an image from fi
as a conservative but he double the debt and was a profit -- profligate spender. we were upset with obama making it worse. many people call them sells libertarian to designate as a constitutional conservative. >> host: you wrote this before you had time in the u.s. senate what would you change? has your thinking changed? >> i feel landers stand more how much we're at an impasse getting stuff done. i tried to take ideas that many democrats have put forward but i cannot get democrats to talk to me. i had appointments with several different democratic senators to work on as a security reform. it can be saved 75 years are in perpetuity if we gradually raise the age and mean test the benefits but i cannot get democrats to discuss the possibility. >> host: what about your own party? >> half and half. i meekly critical of my party that all 47 u.s. senators are for a balanced budget amendment. but when we cut $7 million from sugar subsidies we have about 10 republicans that have sugar. if we compare that to the annual deficit is over $1 trillion. you want to cut 7 million added time? that is 140,000 we
university from boca raton florida. tonight president obama and candidate mitt romney meet in their final debate. we're looking at the media filing center also known as the spin room you see reporters from all over the world. we are just about three and a half hours over so away from the debate. live coverage gets underway at 7:00 on c-span. let's take a look and listen to the sites there in boca raton. [inaudible conversations] some of the media presence in boca raton florida to win university. we would like you to engage with us tonight from the boca raton with our preview starting in just about an hour and a half at 7:00 eastern. at - cbs news chief washington correspondent >> when i watch c-span i watch for congressional hearings and sometimes those pieces of legislation but more importantly about the house of representatives in the proceedings and speeches. on this congressional hearing subject matters like the appropriations but if you're reading something in the newspaper and get the idea that you want to get the readers to c-span and actually the reason is to get the rall informat
in the book, we had some real serious infighting between president obama's own national security team and senior people at the state department over the whole question of, was it wise to try to broach potential piece take the taliban? and we wound up spending 18 months fighting with one another in washington as opposed to uniting in common purpose to try to achieve the president's goal in the country. >> host: who is summer koy. >> guest: she is a young american woman who -- there she is on the bottom right there -- who has extensive foreign development experience and put her hand up to go to a afghanistan to try to rebuild the country to work for the u.s. agency for international development, and the south she'd be out there, able to work with afghanses, trying to pursue projects that would be helpful to the afghan people and support the overall american strategy for trying to stabilize the country. the problem was that when she got out to kabul. she was essentially a prisoner on the giant u.s. embassy compound. she couldn't get authorization to drive out and about, in kabul. was res
. that theoretically nobody is stock in a certain role. the woman feels like she can be making more money. obama has a seesaw marriage like michelle obama is an executive and she is in law school and now she's the first lady and he's the president. theoretically people can flip. the clintons, it isn't uncommon these days to have a marriage where the couple's kind of take turns and i think that takes the pressure off of the marriage one would have read about in 1962 where the woman felt unfulfilled and the man felt like there was a noose around his neck and so much pressure on him to be that model of marriage has loosened up a little bit and has created a truly happy stable marriages. >> host: but i wonder about kids come so, they are clearly more kids in day care, small children in daycare now than there were 40 years ago. talk about how that can be a good thing for kids. >> guest: lots of -- like the scandinavian countries have children go to day care when they want and mothers stay home. i don't think that is necessarily a bad thing. mothers do -- it is pretty politically neutral. they only measur
. theoretically nobody's stuck in a certain role. the woman feels she's making more money -- the obamas have a seesaw marriage as do the bidens. myrrh shell is an executive, president obama in law school, and she's the first lady, he's the president. theoretically, the clintons to some extent, it's not uncommon to have a marriage where couples take turns, and i think that takes the pressure off of marriage, like the marriages one read about in 1962 where the woman was unfulfilled and there was a noose around his neck because of the pressure to be the breadwinner. that model loosened up and created stable marriages for the college educated. >> host: i wonder about kids. there's clearly more kids in day care, small children in day care than 40 years ago. how is that a good thing for kids? >> guest: i don't know. a lot of countries -- displs who does it? >> >> guest: scandinavian countries have day cares when they are one, mothers stay home. that's not ad bad thing. mothers do -- surveys are pretty politically neutral. they only measure, like, you know, they measure americans, how much, you kno
theoretically nobody is stuck in a certain role. so the women feel like she can be making more money. the obama's have a seesaw marriage, as to the biden's. michele obama is working as an executive and barack is in law school. now she's the first lady and he's the president. theoretically people conflict. the clintons, i suppose to some extent. it's not uncommon to have a marriage for couples kind of take turns. i think that takes the pressure off of a marriage, like the marriage that one read about in 1962 with a woman fell and fell and the man felt like there was a news around his neck because there is so much pressure on him. that model of marriage has loosened up a little bit and created fairly happy comestible marriages for the college-educated. >> guest: >> host: i wonder about kids. clearly more kids in day care, small children in day care now there were 40 years ago. how can that be a good thing? >> guest: lots of countries. scandinavian countries, children go to day care when their one and mother stay home. of that is necessarily a bad thing. surveys are pretty politically neutral. the
to put president obama in a completely different era, reach her hand up to the people's back and say, come on, do it. we will help you. we will share information. we will coordinate our policy, we will listen to you. be more assertive on the reform front. that's just an example, and again i want to stop very soon, i don't want to go to lots of other examples but there are plenty of ways in which the u.s. can help. china has to make this decision. we're not going to enforce them significantly. is to import. it can be made internally. how things that i u.s. wants to help china reform is a small positive politically for the times but might look like a that they will choose for. the flipside is would also have to prepare for unpleasantness. 10 more years of statism. that has to promise to would. it means as a partner china becomes more and more difficult, more and more subsidies, more and more criticism of american policy. undermine the trans-pacific partnership is a threat to china until. and the flipside, sorry, tom committee that is that china's growth will slow down. so the our ameri
was killed. he obviously put a post up that someone interpreted as disagreeing with one of president obama's policies and it started one of these arguments you see going on facebook all the time when someone says that ain't this and they go back and forth in and commenting you say please shut up. and that's sad inspiring, don't fight on my page. i disagree with some political decisions, but he is my commander-in-chief and i support them in all military decisions. to my knowledge, that was the last post my friend matt wrote on facebook. in our last two national elections, we've watched our country registering complete dissatisfaction with the status quo, throwing them out, throwing them out again. .. regenerate that americans trust congress less than any other institution in the u. s, they told our men and women in uniform in the highest confidence. if you read this book about my classmates you begin to understand why. is e-book's title "in the shadow of greatness," because my generation was lucky enough to learn from the example of the generations of veterans who went before us. if we live
. not michelle obama. >> hello. >> nice to meet you. >> my name is logan. >> i'm a writer myself. a few months ago i had an op-ed in the daily caller. >> i just came from there. i love those guys. do you go into that office are you just e-mail a? >> no, i just e-mail it. i'm a writer in my spare time. >> i should've had she sat up and talk and explain the new unemployment numbers. >> thank you very much. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> you're welcome. thank you, robyn. nice to meet you. >> happy fit the fifth anniversary. >> fantastic. one is that? >> today. >> well, then happy anniversary to you, too. >> thank you, dear. >> thank you. >> for more information, visit the author's website, ann >> as part of the tvs university service can we visit campuses across the country and talk with professors who are also authors. this week were at the u.s. naval academy in annapolis, maryland and joining us is professor aaron o'connell, who is the author of this book, "underdogs: the making of the modern marine corps". professor o'connell, when was the marine corps
tax hikes that president obama cab from happening in 2009. pell grants will give washington d.c., the only place when you have baseline budgeting going up by 7 percent and you're going to cut that 7 percent, you're going to keep at the same. washington d.c. is the only place where you cut the increase and they say you are cutting programs. simply not true. >>moderater: and 30 seconds. bustos: it gets down to priorities. you want to cut programs like head start, programs, keep the tax cuts for millionairess. you want to charge seniors an extra $6,400 per year, which can be faxed checked. those are the wrong priorities. the questions about making sure we are looking for the middle-class. that's why running. as my family's background family's background. in his dad had an eighth grade education and he was able to, with the help that he was able to have his family drove to a middle-class existence because of the uaw. katie -- >>moderater: the facts question comes from malik. >> this is a topic that we have touched on. you each have criticized your opponent's stance on medicare. co
nobody stuck in a certain role so the woman feels like she can be making more money. the obama's have the marriage and the bite and. barack was in law school and now she's the first lady and he is the president. theoretically people can flip-flop. the clintons to some respect have that kind of marriage. i think that takes the pressure off of the marriage say the marriage that one read about in 1952 where woman felt unfulfilled and that man felt there was a news around his neck. that model of marriage has moved up a little bit and created fairly happy stable marriages. >> host: i wonder about kids. there are clearly more kids in daycare, small children in daycare now than were 40 years ago. is that a good thing for kids? >> guest: scandinavian countries, children go to daycare when they are one and mother stayed home. i don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. the surveys are pretty politically neutral. they only measure americans, how much time you spend on leisure activity and how much time you spend with your kids. parents spend more time at their children now than they did in th
the illusion that we can somehow recommend to secretary of state clinton or president obama what they should be reading now on current issues. they have people who do that for them. >> host: what did george f. kennan think of the house committee on un-american activities? >> guest: he thought was horrible. george f. kennan thought that mccarthy and mccarthyism was appalling. he was particularly upset because some of his closest friends fell victim to mccarthyism. robert oppenheimer, development of the a-bomb who was head of the institute for that study was one of the victims of mccarthyism. many state department colleagues were fired because of the activities of the senate committee that mccarthy was running and the house on american activities committee. this is what happens when a democracy runs amok and he really had very skeptical views about what democracy was workable and was american democracy workable and he would be the first to say that was a low point in the history of american democracy that period of time. >> host: next call for john lewis gaddis from oregon. you are on booktv o
and working on human trafficking. president obama was at the clinton global initiative announcing a major new direction on the topic, and there are many people who work on this topic who have helped move it forward in the agenda, but she's one of them and really deserves a lot of credit. >> host: talking with philip auerswald. book tv on location at george mason university. >> it was almost two years ago i decided it was time to write a fact based primmer on gay rights, specifically targeted to the right of center voters, hence the subtitle of the book. to do two things. number one, challenge religious right on its own turf and show that much of what they deer risively call the gay agenda is consistent with republican and libertarian voters, and show voters who believe in social tolerance not only are they not a voice in the wilderness, but represent a majority of republican voters. the book has three major things. the first one i just eluded to that many on the right don't understand that properly understood gay rights are, in fact, perfectly compatible with republican principles of limited
in the areas that they don't do well, meaning romney is horrible on civil liberties, and obama is horrible when it comes to dollars and cents. >> as a libertarian now, is it a little tougher to get media attention away from the two-party system, and epsz as the campaign -- especially as the campaign goes on this fall? >> well, speaking for myself, personally, actually, there's been a 30% pick up in attention given, making the switch, so, no, i think just the opposite, that it has picked up, and i'm believing thatñhr when people ce to recognize that there are going to be three candidates on the ballot in all 50 states, me being one of the three, that that's going to go a long way in garnering just a little bit of who is that person along with ron paul's campaign coming to an end, and by his own admission. he says it's coming to an end. i think that ron paul supporters would not be compromising the
advisers to president obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney debate defense policy. then we'll turn to health care as congressional staffers discuss what to expect in 2013. and later, the heritage foundation hosts a discussion examining china's incoming government. >> you're watching c-span2 with politics and public affairs. weekdays featuring live coverage of the u.s. senate. on weeknights, watch key public policy events and every weekend the latest nonfiction authors and books on booktv. you can see past programs and get our schedules at our web site, and you can join in the conversation on social media sites. >> also today the u.s. institute of peace hosts a discussion on society's role
infrastructure bank. i don't know if people are aware of it, but it's in the obama budget, senator dodd from connecticut has a bill in the senate to create a national infrastructure bank. felix, the new york city financier who helped new york city out of the desperate financial straights in the 1970s has a book out calling for a national infrastructure bank, and all three of them, and other people, too, cite the erie canal as the first major piece of infrastructure built in the country and the sort of thing we should be doing again, and it's interesting, to me, that these -- there's significant efforts to recreate or to create and to build and rebuild american infrastructure and that the erie canal is cited, but it almost seems as though a lot of this citation of the erie canal is somewhat blind. there aren't really very many similarities on how new york state built the eri canal and how the federal government now supports infrastructure projects. however, there is one very important similarity or how it could inform the debate how the federal government should be creating a national infrast
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